Whitman professor walks in celebrity fashion show to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House

MaryAnn Fiedler, clinical assistant professor of accounting in the Whitman School of Management, took to the catwalk on Tuesday, May 3, to help raise money for the CNY Ronald McDonald House (RMH). Fiedler joined 60 local celebrities and Beverly Allen, professor of languages, literature and linguistics in SU's College of Arts and Sciences, for the third annual Bella Casa Celebrity Fashion Show at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool.

The event, which raised $54,500 for the RMH, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY. The RMH provides a year-round, ‘home away from home’ for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries.

Joining Fiedler and Allen on stage were a host of executives and local public figures, including Hon. Nicholas Pirro, former Onondaga County Executive; Hon. Anthony Aloi, Onondaga County Court Judge; Lindsey Larkin, G. Ray Bodley High School student and former guest of the CNY Ronald McDonald House; Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive director, National Grid; Michael Ratner, pediatric surgeon, SUNY Upstate Medical University; and Kaylea Nixon, host of 9WSYR’s “Bridge Street.”